What are the overall pre and post Covid trends in terms of Quality of Competition at North American and European HEMA tournaments?
So, how do you compare HEMA tournaments analytically? I’ve been thinking about this challenge for quite some time, and I think I have an answer.
Does specializing in a weapon make you better at it? Or does diversification improve performance? Can you use data mining to justify buying even more swords?
We all dream of looking as cool as Aragorn, Xena, Cloud, or Guts when it comes to wielding swords, but does that dream become reality when outsiders look at the HEMAverse?
Do competitors try to hand snipe their way to victory all the time? Or do they only do so when the rules don’t favor deep targets?
Have you ever wondered what your chance was of winning an exchange against Sean Franklin? Look no further than “Can I Hit That?”, a fun new tool for looking at your probability of winning exchanges against your HEMA friends!
Watch me explain why simple questions are never so simple.
Sean told me one day “I want a ‘Should you run a women’s tournament?’ calculator.” Being the people pleaser I am, of course I’m going to try my hand at it.
This is an article about populations and distributions, but to be honest you’re going to read to see if you’re above or below the average rating.
Combat Con 2022 had a hot take on how to run a longsword tournament: eliminate self-selection of skill level and, instead, have people fight in preliminary pools to get placed into different tiers based on their performance. Let’s see if that worked out the way it was intended.